EDMOND — Eat less and move more is a daily goal for Hannah Curlee, who lost 120 pounds as a result of her time on “The Biggest Loser” reality show.
Dressed in a black outfit that showed her new figure, Curlee, the first runner-up in season 11 of the show, seldom stopped moving as she spoke Friday at the Edmond Area Chamber of Commerce Leadership Conference for Woman.
The 31-year-old weighed 248 when her sister, Olivia Ward, signed her up for the show, which aired in 2011. Curlee said she is half the woman she used to be, or more specifically, 51.6 percent of her former body weight.
She was joined at the conference by Oklahoma City police officers and twins Dan and Don Evans, who also were contestants on the show with Curlee.
The three stood proudly and told how their biggest accomplishment is to still keep the weight off.
Capt. Dan Evans said he was his heaviest at 427 pounds. His brother, a lieutenant in investigations, weighted 407 pounds. Together, they lost 256 pounds on the show.
“I could do my job, but I couldn't do it well,” Dan Evans said. “I was functionally fat. It was very taxing.”
Curlee, from Houston, was a homecoming queen and accomplished athlete before an accident at age 20 that resulted in back surgery and years of an unhappy life while battling her addiction to food.
“College experience was not so wonderful,” said Curlee, who said she unsuccessfully tried every diet plan out there.
Curlee calls her nine months on the show “life-altering.”
“My change was a change of mind that allowed my body to change,” Curlee said. “You have got to trust your body to do what it should do.”
Curlee said that was a hard lesson to learn. At one point during Curlee's time on the show, Jillian Michaels, personal trainer for “The Biggest Loser,” forced her to climb on top of a podium and questioned her on why she wanted to lose weight until she eventually understood the true reasons.
During the intense interrogation, Curlee said, she learned she was unhealthy and depressed. She said she learned that she had never asked for help from anyone.
“When I learned that, I cried for 51 minutes,” Curlee said. “I let it all out. I lost 9 pounds. That was the most I lost in a week.
“It was time to start changing my mind. I finally started believing in myself.
“There is no reason why you can't have everything we want.”